Community facilities | June 11, 2020

Letter to the Editor: Wonderful news for Woodbine

I am delighted to learn that Woodbine Inc. in Warracknabeal will receive $1.2 million from the Liberal Nationals Federal Government to renovate existing facilities and construct a new disability accommodation centre for their residents.

Over the past six years I’ve worked closely with Bernie and the team at Woodbine to support the great work they do in providing quality support and care for people living with disability. It is always inspiring to hear of new ideas to improve Woodbine’s facilities and services, to work with the team to make these dreams a reality, and to celebrate the big and small individual achievements and successes of the Woodbine family. 

Congratulations to CEO Bernie O’Connor, Board President John Hadley and the Board of Management, and the Yarriambiack Shire Council for their untiring commitment to this fantastic organisation.

I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of Dr Anne Webster, The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee who I know has been a strong advocate for this project, campaigning tirelessly to achieve this funding for Woodbine.

From its small beginnings in 1951, Woodbine is now the largest disability service organisation in Western Victoria, employing over 180 staff and providing a variety of services including permanent and respite accommodation, Outreach support, day programs, employment and recreation activities for almost 100 clients.

This growth hasn’t just happened – it is a direct result of the passion and dedication of its Board of Management and staff to ensure every member of our community has the opportunity to be included, valued and enjoy life. This funding will greatly assist Woodbine to continue to achieve this for their clients and the Warracknabeal and district community. 

Congratulations again to everyone involved.

I look forward to seeing this project come to fruition and Woodbine’s clients continuing to enjoy the superior care that this amazing organisation is renowned for.

Emma Kealy

Member for Lowan




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